EN604: Seminar in Contemporary Literary Theory

Dr. Paul Harris

Course Syllabus

We will read work that represents a number of critical approaches developed within literary theory in the past twenty-five years, including reader response, post-structuralism, feminism, semiotics, eco-criticism and cultural criticism. The class conveys some of the influential currents of thought in literary theory that inform contemporary work in the profession. We will combine critical and fictional readings in order to investigate the practical ramifications of different theoretical methods.

Required texts:

Reading schedule:

All entries listed by author's last name are from the Richter anthology. Pieces listed by author and title are xeroxed handouts.

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